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Athlete of the Month: Malaqui Awe

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Name: Malaqui Awe

Age: 34

Hometown: Lower Valley, Grand Cayman

How long have you been CrossFitting?

I’ve been a member for 4 years but only CrossFitting for 3 years….took some time off to nurse an injury.

What is your favorite WOD/Exercise?

I like back squats. But my favorite WOD would be Fran. She is one tough cookie and chances are I’m gonna hit the floor when I’m done with her. But I like that she is short and bittersweet.

What is your least favorite WOD/Exercise?

Hero WODs/running, rowing and snatches #deathbycrossfit

What is your previous workout/athletic background?

My whole life I played sports; basketball, softball, netball and flag football just to name a few. I was never the gym person although I always had a membership to a regular gym and maybe saw the treadmill 6 times.

What was your first experience at CrossFit Cayman like?

As I walked through the door I saw members scattered around the room doing their thing, CrossFit language was on a white board…like what the heck does WOD and AMRAP mean??! Was I missing something? I instantly thought “WTH am I doing here?” Then I met my foundation peers to find out I wasn’t the only lost soul (thanks Tim D. for being by my side!). The coaches were very welcoming, very supportive and just after one class I was comfortable and ready to learn.

What results have you seen since CrossFitting?

When I started CrossFit my daughter was only 6 months and I was still dealing with all the lovely “extra stuff” pregnancy hands a woman. In two months after starting CrossFit I was wearing my skin tight dresses I had only dreamed off wearing again and feeling better than ever. Since then I have only gotten stronger and achieved movements I had never imagined I could do, like a pull-up!!! In my world pull-ups were for the over greased gym rats I saw once a while in my gym. CrossFit has made me all around fitter, made me more in tune with what I eat, tighter (what all we girls want) and has allowed my body to respond to new challenges in a way that conventional workouts wouldn’t.

What do you do to get yourself through a tough workout (mental thoughts, tips and tricks, etc.)?
Mentally I try not to think so much to be honest otherwise I would probably talk myself out of it, LOL. Just stay focused, do you and do not worry about what everyone else is doing around you. Keep moving would be my biggest tip. You don’t need to move fast, just keep a pace you know you can handle and stick to it.

What’s your favorite aspect about working out at CrossFit Cayman?

My favorite aspect would be the people I work out with at CrossFit Cayman. Everyone I have met has become a friend and I always look forward to tackling the next WOD with them.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining CrossFit Cayman?

CrossFit Cayman has great leaders in their coaches. They love what they do and more importantly they take pride in making sure all their members stay safe (despite what people may think, they are always instilling in us that form should never be sacrificed for speed!!). So my advice would be, shake off the thoughts, put on a pair of Chucks, get ready to learn new swears words and let the intensity find you.

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